Truck Accident Attorneys
Truck Accident Attorney in Los Angeles, Phoenix & Pasadena
Most deaths in large truck crashes happen to be the passengers within the automobile involved in the accident. The main problem is the vulnerability of people traveling in smaller vehicles. Trucks often weigh 20-30 times as much as passenger cars and are taller with greater ground clearance, which can result in smaller vehicles getting crushed beneath the truck.
Trucks take a longer time to brake and can be a factor in these crashes. Loaded tractor-trailers require 20-40 percent more distance than cars to stop. The risks is greater on wet and slippery roads or with poorly maintained brakes. Truck driver fatigue also is a known crash factor. Drivers of large trucks are allowed by federal hours-of-service regulations to drive up to 11 hours at a stretch with many choosing to not follow the rules of the road.
- If you are involved in a truck accident, stay at the scene of the accident until help arrives. Leaving the scene could open you up to criminal charges for what’s known as a “hit-and-run.”
- If you need to move your car for safety reasons or because it is blocking traffic — and the car is drivable — pull it over to the side of the road. Turn your hazard lights on to ensure other drivers can see you.
- Stay away from the traffic to avoid injury. If you or anyone else is injured, call 911 immediately for assistance. Tend to those who need first aid but don’t move anyone who is injured unless the person is in imminent danger.
- If you are able, get the names and insurance information of other parties involved in the accident. Also make note of the location of the accident and conditions at the time of the accident, including weather conditions and time of day.
- The license plate of the truck and any other identifying information (make/model)
- The truck driver’s license number and employer
- Names and addresses of drivers/passengers
- Insurance company information and policy number
- Names, phone numbers and addresses of any witnesses
- If you are able, take photos of the accident scene and damage with your smartphone. This could serve as important evidence. You may even want to record an audio account of what happened but don’t admit or assume fault for the collision. Be sure to get a copy of the accident report when it’s available.